Originally Posted by stewartS
Am I the only one who thinks that the World is SCREAMING THE NEED for a cheaper iMac "C" and MacBook "C"? Something in the $599 range to get people into the OSX ecosystem? This is needed NOW or Windows 8.1 and Google Chrome / Android will flood the PC market and then spill over into tablets, potentially repeating the 1980's.
Macs have been growing faster then Windows computer sales for a couple of years now, only slowing down as the iPad is being chosen over full computers lately. Portable computers are outselling desktops, MacBooks, especially the MBA, are being chosen over Dells and HP portables. What is not moving are the cheap notebook computers, so you seem to have a unique view of the computer market. The Google Chrome laptop is not selling into enterprise or the student markets. It's a bottom feeder for people that are looking for cheap internet surfing and email.
Right now Apple is strongest in smart phones for consumers and enterprise, with excellent penetration in both markets. Next, Apple is leading the market in sales of tablets to both markets, with a better penetration in enterprise, especially education and government. Finally, while Dell and HP teeter on getting out of PC sales, Apple making good margins on MacBooks, with the MBA being highly received by students and enterprise (the latter ussally booting up under Windows).
Smart Phones and tablet markets are rapidly becoming saturated which is putting pressure on prices. Apple will be addressing price this month on Phones and may well do so on tablets as the Christmas season nears. I don't see any pressure to lower Mac laptop or Desk top prices to gain sales.
As for the World market; Asian made PCs will continue to dominate Asian sales, and since OSX doesn't have the following in Europe that it does in North America, In spite of that Apple is doing well in some areas and struggling in others. However, Apple (unlike other leading manufacturers) is selling everything they can make, so why try to grab markets they can't supply?